When people find out what I do for a living “back home” (New Jersey) their first question often is, “Do you work here in Munich?” My immediate answer is usually “Not at the moment because I cannot design in straight and perpendicular lines only”. Often people look perplexed and change the subject, which is fine by me. Most people do not understand what a garden designer does and I’m not always in the mood to explain it. But my response holds some truth. In a gross generalization, Germans do think in straight lines in all aspects of design. This can be the result of their strong engineering culture. My husband, who works in 2D Design, complains a lot about this phenomena.
Mostly however, it is the very straight, perfectly manicured hedges, which define the linearity of a private property. And within those, most homes are painted stark white. I believe it was Penelope Hobhouse who said, “It’s like planning a garden around a giant refrigerator”.
So my answer is “No” I have not attempted to start a new business during our temporary stay in Bavaria. But I have been a great observer of gardens and the landscapes I have visited.